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Access to Medical Care among the Hispanic Population of the Southwestern United States

Ronald Andersen, Sandra Zelman Lewis, Aida L. Giachello, Lu Ann Aday and Grace Chiu
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 22, No. 1 (Mar., 1981), pp. 78-89
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2136370
Page Count: 12
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Access to Medical Care among the Hispanic Population of the Southwestern United States
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Abstract

This paper considers the meaning of minority group status for the Hispanic population of the United States regarding access to medical care. A review of the relevant literature raises a number of questions concerning determinants of medical care utilization for Hispanics. They are explored using data from a national survey of health care utilization that oversampled the Hispanic population of the southwestern United States. Some indicators suggest that limited access to medical care for Hispanics in this region is associated with low levels of income, education, and health insurance coverage. Some implications of the findings for future research on Hispanics' access to medical care are presented.

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